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6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
God does not want our resolutions, but a relationship (Philippians 2:3a; John 1:12). God does not want to be our co-pilot, but He wants us to be committed to Him (Matt 6:24a; Psalm 37:5a).
Believe in Him
“As ye…received Christ” implies taking or joining with one’s self–also to accept or acknowledge one as he professes to be. Have you accepted and acknowledged the One as He professes to be? (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
Become more like Him
“Walk ye in Him” implies the deepest level of spiritual intimacy. We also need to be thoroughly grounded, just like a plant draws nourishment from the soil through its roots. Make sure of your salvation and be overflowing in it. Allow God to install His doctrine and allow those in spiritual oversight to explain the Bible to you.
Beware of the world’s teachings against Him
In doing so, use not only your eyes but also your senses. When I taught high school, students sometimes complained that I had eyes in the back of my head. We should have the same capacity as we walk in a world that is more and more opposed to the Lord of Life. In verse 8 “spoil” carries the sense of being held captive, of being carried away from the truth. In my day-to-day work of Internet tech support, I often deal with customers whose modems are in a state called ‘captive portal’. This carries them away from what they want to do online. Likewise, we should not let the Evil One carry us away from what our Heavenly Father wants us to do. Philosophy is not bad in of itself; we just need to follow a Christ-centered one rather than one that is man-centered. The “tradition” in verse 8 refers to what the Colossians engaged in by worshiping angels and following the letter of Mosaic law–rather than its spirit. Too many times in my walk with the Lord, I have likewise endured lots of man-made traditions (passing pew pads, having revivals with religious regularity, hearing the same prayers said almost verbatim Sunday after Sunday, et al). These traditions are nice to have, but sometimes we are also held captive by these traditions and don’t allow God to shape our thinking. When I was in band many years ago, the drummers had a set of rudiments they had to know inside and out; these are fundamental actions that helped us get ready for our part in the tunes we played. Likewise, we need to avoid the world’s fundamental actions that take our eyes off of Jesus. In the first century church, one of these actions was Gnosticism–an ideology that assumed secret knowledge of God was necessary for salvation, that the body is evil, and that Jesus only appeared to be human. Being made “complete in him” implies that He fills us up, freely having our needs supplied. It also suggests that prophecies of Him were fulfilled in the New Testament. On a practical level, this is the same result a coffee company wanted us to have years ago, in being filled to the rim.